Optical and Optoelectronic Devices and Systems

English-taught PhD program "Optical and Optoelectronic Devices and Systems" belongs to the direction "Photonics, Instrumentation Technology, Bioengineering Systems and Technologies". The PhD program provides a strong foundation in Optoelectronics, Informational Optics, and Photonics, allowing PhD students to acquire essential skills and analytical abilities required in the relevant scientific areas. PhD students have access to the most modern and sophisticated technological and metrological equipment, carry out scientific research and get skills of practical work with real metrological instruments and technological apparatuses. Research thrust area includes Optoelectronics, Photophysics, and Laser technologies.

Main research directions

  • Development of Devices with Nanoparticles (DSc S.A.Tarasov);
  • Thin-film and Heterostructure Solar Modules Based on Silicon (DSc A.S. Gudovskikh, PhD G.A.Konoplev, PhD D.N. Redka);
  • Development and Application of Optoelectronic Systems for Remote Sensing of the Environment (DSc A. A. Buznikov);
  • Laser Technologies in Instrument Engineering (PhD A.A. Malashchenko);
  • Development of Optoelectronic Devices for Studying of the Biological Body Fluids Spectra (PhD G.A. Konoplev);
  • Photophysics of Media with Nanoobjects (DSc N.V. Kamanina);
  • 3D Laser Scanning Technology and Virtual Reality (PhD D.N. Redka);
  • Development of Laser Technologies for the Cultural Heritage Restoration (PhD V.A. Parfenov).

Main subjects

Special Disciplines

  • Problems of Modern Photonics
  • Informational Optics
  • Optical and Optoelectronic Devices and Systems
  • Computer Technologies in Education and Knowledge Representation

General Educational Disciplines

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Foreign Language (English/German/French/Russian)
  • Fundamentals of verbal communication in foreign languages
  • Pedagogy of Higher Education


  • Pedagogical Practice
  • Scientific Organizational Practice

Education & research facilities

  • Laboratory of Laser Technologies in Instrument Engineering
  • Laboratory of Quantum Electronics and Laser Technology
  • Laboratory of Thin-film Solar Modules
  • Laboratory of Solar Photoenergy named after acad. Zhores Alferov
  • Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics

International Cooperation

Students of the PhD program have the opportunity to take internships at partner universities:

  • Lappeenranta University of Technology (Lappeenranta, Finland);
  • Otto von Guericke University (Magdeburg, Germany);
  • Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (Brandenburg, Germany);
  • University of Technology of Troyes (Troyes, France).


  • R&D center TFTE;
  • Hevel Solar;
  • "Northern Dawn" ("Severnaya Zarya").

Resourse center

  • Physics and technology of high efficiency solar modules based on silicon;
  • Metrology and characterization of solar cells and modules;
  • New materials and structures for photovoltaics;
  • Physics and technology of nanostructured heterophase materials for optoelectronic systems of information receiving and processing;
  • Photodetectors;
  • Laser technique and technology;
  • Development and applications of optoelectronic systems for environmental and biomedical tasks.

About the Department

This postgraduate program can be carried out at the following departments:

  • Department of Photonics
  • Department of Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems

Department of Photonics was established in 1931 and it is one of the oldest and the most renowned departments of the University. The research activity of the Department is focused on pioneering research in the fields of Photonics and Electronics. In the last few decades research and academic activity were focused mainly on photovoltaics, solar energy technology, and laser technology.

Many outstanding Russian scientists and engineers have graduated from the Department of Photonics for the last decades. The most renowned of the Department’s alumnus is the laureate of the Nobel Prize in Physics (2000) Prof. Zhores Alferov.

Department of Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems was established in 1938 and it was one of the first
departments in the Soviet Union to start training in the field of Navigation systems. The main direction of training is high-precision measuring and navigation systems based on inertial sensing elements. A feature of the training is its versatility.

Graduates are familiar with the physics of the inertial sensitive elements of various types - laser, microelectronic, mechanics. Department of Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems provides students with the fundamental training in the field of automation and control for the development and operation of navigation systems.


International Students Office

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197022, Russian Federation, St. Petersburg, Professora Popova str., 5, building 3, 4th floor (room 3418)
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